Grete Waitz won the NYC Marathon 9 times, more than any other, but her favorite memory of the race was completing it with Fred Lebow, just before he succumbed to cancer. She worked with her sponsor, Adidas, to give 5% of the Grete Waitz and Modern Classics collections to the "Aktiv mot kreft" (Active Against Cancer) cancer care foundation she started. No small irony that cancer took her life as well. When I was younger, and just starting to get interested in running, she was one of the runners I looked up to - her modesty, hard work, and care for others made a deep impression on me. She is the type of role model I hope that my daughter looks up to, seeing a strong woman who won and worked not just for herself, but her family and all those impacted by her foundation.